Sunday, March 15, 2009

Love the Ladies, Searching for Female Ancestors

March is Women's History Month. In his article, "Love the Ladies," Kevin Cassidy explores the issue and offers ways of reseaching the elusive female ancestor, through the example of one New York family and tracking the multiple marriages of a female ancestor. 

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Tribute paid to first Ellis Island immigrant

A recent article in the Daily News reports the "overdue salute" to an Irish woman who was the first immigrant to pass through Ellis Island. The Queens grave site of Annie Moore has been marked with an Irish blue limestone Celtic cross. As a 17-year-old from County Cork, Ireland, Moore was given $10 in gold when she passed through Ellis Island on Jan. 1, 1892, the article said. Historians long believed that the mother of at least 10 moved West and settled in Texas, but a dedicated genealogist debunked the myth while researching a documentary. In 2006, Moore was found in an unmarked grave in the cemetery, buried with six of her children.

"She stands for the countless hundreds of thousands of Irish people who crossed the Atlantic and settled here in New York," said Niall Burgess, Irish consul general. Ellis Island was the gateway to America for more than 12 million immigrants. As many as 5,000 people a day passed through the processing center at its peak in the early 1900s.

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Sunday, January 6, 2008

Family Heritage Series explores Ukrainian immigration in upstate NY

In 1900, not one Ukrainian name is listed on the federal census of Cortland County [NY], but by 1915, the state census records show about 290 Ukrainian names, according to an article in the Ithaca Journal, "Area historians look at Ukrainian immigration." While some families lived on West Hill in Homer and performed agricultural work, the majority lived in the City of Cortland and many worked in the Wickwire factory. Two historians will explore the legacy of Cortland's early 20th century Ukrainian immigration at the next installment of the Family History and Heritage Series at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 in Cortland. For information call 607-753-3021. The program is free and open to the public.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Who are the Mohawk Dutch?

We often hear terms to describe a segment of the population, but may not know exactly what those terms represent; for example, Acadian, Cajun, Scots-Irish. In her article, "Mohawk Dutch," Judy Rosella Edwards introduces the Mohawk Dutch, explains where the name derives, reveals interesting details of their culture, and suggests where to look for additional information.

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Searching for Catholic Marriages in NYC . . . continued

"Searching for Catholic Marriages in New York City, Part Two" is the second of a two-part article by Kevin Cassidy on the challenges of researching Catholic marriages in New York City. This part, takes a general look at marriage records in Manhattan, comparing civil and Catholic marriage records, and suggesting ways to make the best of both to find those elusive New York City marriage records.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Searching for Catholic Marriages in NYC

GenWeekly welcomes our newest writer, Kevin Cassidy. As a result of his own inquiry, Cassidy discovered that, despite New York City law, many Catholic parish marriages in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century went unreported to civil authorities. Curious to understand the depth of the problem, Cassidy undertook a personal study. For his first article, Cassidy reports on the findings of this study, in two parts. The first, "Searching for Catholic Marriages in NYC, Part One." explains the dilemma, citing New York City marriage law, and undertaking a study addressing the questions, How Many NYC Catholic Wedding Were Recorded with Civil Authorities? Understanding the dilemma may shed new light for researchers and provide new avenues for locating the elusive marrage record.

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Monday, January 8, 2007

"Brooklyn Genealogy" a historical panorama

Although its landscape began to change dramtically with the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, In her article, Brooklyn Genealogy, Heather Quinlan takes us on a genealogical tour of Brooklyn, the "anti-Manahattan, where Mom and Pop owned the corner stores, the Dodgers were "da bums," and there was a certain magic that shone over 300 years earlier, when the Dutch first set foot on its shores." Whether you have New York ancestry or not, you are sure to enjoy this historical panorama.

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